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Related to dickens: like the dickens
1. A reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the dickens for being late.
2. Used as an intensive: What in the dickens is that?
[Alteration of devil (influenced by the name Dickens).]
informal a euphemistic word for devil: what the dickens?.
[C16: from the name Dickens]
(Biography) Charles (John Huffam), pen name Boz. 1812–70, English novelist, famous for the humour and sympathy of his characterization and his criticism of social injustice. His major works include The Pickwick Papers (1837), Oliver Twist (1839), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Old Curiosity Shop (1840–41), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Little Dorrit (1857), and Great Expectations (1861)
devil; deuce (usu. prec. by the).
Charles (John Huf•fam) (ˈhʌf əm) ( “Boz” ), 1812–70, English novelist.
Dick•en•si•an (dɪˈkɛn zi ən) adj.
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|Noun||1.||dickens - a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"|
|2.||Dickens - English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)|